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Thursday's top prospect performers

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.

Nationals No. 2 prospect Juan Soto, the No. 16 overall prospect in baseball, had a big night at the plate in his Double-A debut, lining a two-run double to right field in his first at-bat, and an inning later, hitting an opposite-field, two-run homer in Harrisburg's 9-8 victory over New Hampshire.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.

Nationals No. 2 prospect Juan Soto, the No. 16 overall prospect in baseball, had a big night at the plate in his Double-A debut, lining a two-run double to right field in his first at-bat, and an inning later, hitting an opposite-field, two-run homer in Harrisburg's 9-8 victory over New Hampshire.

Soto goes yard

The 19-year-old outfielder has been red-hot all season, slashing .372/.476/.802 with 12 home runs in 31 games between Class A Hagerstown and Class A Advanced Potomac. His 12 homers rank third across all levels of the Minors.

Other top prospect performances on Thursday:

• In the same game, Blue Jays No. 1 prospect (No. 3 overall) Vladimir Guerrero Jr. extended his hitting streak to 15 games by going 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI in New Hampshire's 9-8 loss. The 19-year-old third baseman is hitting .396 with five homers and a 1.113 OPS on the season.

White Sox No. 1 prospect Eloy Jimenez, the No. 4 prospect overall, extended his own hitting streak to 14 games with a double in Double-A Birmingham's 6-2 loss to Pensacola. The 21-year-old outfielder was unable to collect multiple hits for the 10th straight game, but is slashing .341/.370/.694 with seven homers in 21 games this season.

• Brendan McKay, the Rays' No. 3 prospect (No. 25 overall) tossed six scoreless innings while giving up just one hit in Class A Bowling Green's 4-0 win over Cedar Rapids. The 22-year-old left-hander walked none and struck out seven, lowering his season ERA to 1.09 over six starts. The two-way player, also a first baseman, is slashing .262/.483/.344 with two doubles, a homer and 26 walks in 87 plate appearances on the season.

Pirates No. 2 prospect Austin Meadows, No. 44 prospect overall, went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs during Triple-A Indianapolis' 7-1 victory over Louisville. The 23-year-old outfielder snapped out of a recent slump and is slashing .276/.324/.378 for the season.

Meadows' two-run double

Orioles No. 1 prospect Austin Hays (No. 37 overall) went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Double-A Bowie's 7-6 victory over Hartford. It was the 22-year-old outfielder's sixth homer in 31 games this season. Meanwhile, Baltimore's No. 2 prospect (No. 93 overall) Ryan Mountcastle went 3-for-4 with an RBI in his season debut after returning from a fractured right hand.

Hays homers to left

• A pair of top Giants prospects starred in Class A Augusta's 15-1 rout of Rome, as No. 1 prospect Heliot Ramos (No. 60 overall) went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer, and No. 11 prospect Jacob Gonzalez turned in a 2-for-3 performance with a homer and four RBIs. Ramos, an 18 year-old center fielder, had been just 2 for his previous 29 entering the game, and Gonzalez, a 19-year-old third baseman, has hit safely in six of his last nine games.

• Nationals No. 3 prospect Carter Kieboom (No. 88 overall) went 3-for-4 with a homer and a tied a career-high with five RBIs in Class A Advanced Potomac's 14-3 victory over Frederick. The 20-year-old shortstop is slashing .243/.360/.412 with six home runs in 33 games this season.

Cionel Perez, the Astros' No. 6 prospect, threw five scoreless innings, allowed three hits and walked one, while striking out seven in Double-A Corpus Christi's 9-2 win over Midland. That lowered the 22-year-old southpaw's season ERA to 1.85 in six appearances (five starts).

Royals No. 3 prospect Seuly Matias belted two homers in Class A Lexington's 9-5 loss to Delmarva. It was the 19-year-old right fielder's second multi-homer game this season, and his 10 homers in 2018 are a career-high. Overall, he's slashing .276/.321/.663 in 26 games this season.

Matias' second homer

• Giants No. 8 prospect Shaun Anderson turned in five solid innings in Double-A Richmond's 3-1 victory over Trenton. The 23-year-old right-hander gave up a run on two hits, walking two and striking out eight. He's got a 2.31 ERA over seven starts this season.

• Left-hander Logan Allen, the Padres' No. 8 prospect, gave up a run on four hits, walking three and fanning nine over 6 2/3 innings for Double-A San Antonio in a 3-1 victory over Frisco. The outing lowered the 20-year-old's ERA to 2.55 over seven starts in 2018.

Rockies No. 11 prospect Tom Murphy belted two homers as part of a 3-for-5, five-RBI performance in Triple-A Albuquerque's 7-4 win over Reno. The 27-year-old catcher is slashing .298/.368/.615 with eight homers in 27 games this season.

Murphy's second homer

Phillies No. 21 prospect Spencer Howard tossed six scoreless frames, surrendering just three hits, walking one and striking out seven in Class A Lakewood's 2-1 victory over Charleston. The 21-year-old right-hander lowered his season ERA to 2.89, and has struck out at least seven in four of his last six outings.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.